The Adrian Dominican Sisters have long been engaged, individually and communally, in efforts to protect the integrity of creation and bring about a more just, peaceful and compassionate world. The Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation coordinates these efforts by bringing to light injustices and recommending ways to take action.
August 6th marks the 72nd anniversary of the first and only use of nuclear weapons when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, then three days later on Nagasaki. We know of the massive destruction of both cities and the catastrophic loss of life that occurred.
On this, the 72nd anniversary of the bombings, Washington, D.C., Catholic Worker extend a special in invitation to join them in non-violent acts of public witness – August 6th, outside the White House and August 9th, at the Pentagon
If you cannot go to Washington, D.C., create your own special day of remembrance with your community, family, parish community or individually. To find out more, click here.
The Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns sent out a clear, concise message last week on three important issues about which FAN is also concerned. By reposting that message here we urge our members take the actions suggested to support our immigrant sisters and brothers.
First, Tell Congress to Save TPS for Hondurans and Salvadorans!
(From the Latin America Working Group) Over 250,000 Hondurans and Salvadorans receive protection from deportation and access to work in the United States under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. These are our classmates, co-workers, and neighbors. Current TPS for Salvadorans and Hondurans expires in January. Homeland Security Secretary Kelly has a few months left to decide if the program will be extended. Congressional Representatives McGovern (D-MA), Hultgren (R-IL), and Torres (D-CA) authored a bipartisan letter to Secretary Kelly, urging him to extend TPS for Hondurans and Salvadorans. Click HERE to call or send a letter to your representative asking him or her to sign on to the letter to Secretary Kelly.
Second, Urge Congress to Save the Dreamers, Save DACA!
(From the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Justice for Immigrants Campaign) The Dream Act of 2017 was recently introduced in the Senate as a bipartisan effort. It is intended to protect immigrant youth who entered the United States as children and know America as their only home. This bill would grant permanent legal status to more than 1 million young people, including 800,000 young people who received temporary relief from deportation and employment eligibility through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Trump vowed as a candidate to end. Texas and nine other states have threatened to sue if the administration doesn't start phasing out the program by September 5. The young people the Dream Act of 2017 seeks to protect are contributors to our economy, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes and communities. As Catholics, we have long supported the so-called "Dreamers" as we believe in protecting the dignity of every human being, especially that of our children. Click HERE to ask your members of Congress to vote "YES" on the Dream Act Bill.
Third, Tell Your Representative to Vote "NO" on Border Wall Funding!
Later this week, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on a "security minibus" budget package which includes $1.6 billion for additional fencing and wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Last April and again on July 25, we joined nearly 100 faith groups in letters to Congress detailing our opposition to border walls. Border walls destroy families, communities, and the Earth, and are too expensive and ineffective at addressing the root causes that compel migrants to leave their homes. On July 26, Bishop Joe Vásquez, chair of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, sent a letter with a similar message to members of the House. Click HERE to tell your representative to vote "NO" on border wall funding.
For additional reference, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued this letter opposing increased funding for a southern border wall, signed by Migration Committee Chairman Bishop Joe Vasquez.
Recently, the newly formed “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity” held its first meeting. This committee’s primary task is to investigate the baseless claims that over 3 million people voted illegally in the 2016 election. Respect My Vote and other organizations are calling out this commission for what it really is, a voter suppression tool focused on mostly low income and minority communities.
ActionNetwork.org has a sign on to call on leaders to modernize voting and make it accessible for all US citizens. To join this campaign, click here.
Catholic Mobilizing Network reminds us that the human person, made in the image and likeness of God, is the foundation of a moral vision for society and stands at the heart of the Church’s understanding of justice. The death penalty disregards this inherent dignity of the human person.
Take the National Catholic Pledge to end the death penalty.
View the YouTube video above for "10 Valid Reasons Why the Death Penalty Should be Abolished" by The Caged Voice.
To mark the occasion of the 2nd anniversary of the encyclical, our friends at Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) shares news of the launch of a new initiative: the Laudato Si' Pledge! This is our way to help keep the Pontiff's message alive and inspire mass Catholic action on climate change.
The Laudato Si' Pledge is a way for individuals, families, parishes, and organizations to commit to the transition to renewable energy and push elected leaders to take strong action to protect our common home.
To sign the pledge, go to livelaudatosi.org
Beyond 100 Days of Prayer is created by the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Interest Group of the U.S. Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph.
Click to download this resource and use it to engage positively with others and pray for those at risk from government policy choices.
In response to our General Chapter Enactment 2: “Recognizing the violence against Earth community that places our common home in jeopardy and intensifies the suffering of people on the margins, future generations and all creation, we will sacrifice to mitigate significantly our impact on climate change and ecological degradation.”
We will lower our carbon footprint by observing Meatless Mondays on our campus here in Adrian beginning on Monday, June 5th.